Gunners close gap on top four

Arsenal boosted their Champions League qualification hopes after their hard fought 2-0 victory at Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

It took 74 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, when Nacho Monreal scored his first for the club with a low shot through a crowded penalty area.

Gervinho, who had taken to the field in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with twenty minutes to play, doubled the visitor’s advantage in stoppage time with a neat finish.

The result takes the Gunners to within four points of fourth place Tottenham Hotspur, who suffered a surprise home defeat to Fulham on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s men also have a game in hand over their North London rivals, and will return to action when Reading visit the Emirates on Saturday week.

Elsewhere, Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has told Arsenal that he wants to join the club in the summer, according to the Daily Star.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly weighing up an £8.5 million bid for the Spanish International, who is available having rejected a contract extension at the Nou Camp.

The 31 year old has won five La Liga titles, as well as lifting the Champions League trophy on three occasions during his time with the Catalan club.

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